ARCHITECTURE IS FOR PEOPLE, FOR HABITATION.
I studied under Professor William Kleinsassar at the University of Oregon. One of the big “take aways” from his design and theory classes was the importance to successful design of understanding how human beings experience architecture. Start with fulfilling human needs: functional, social, emotional, experiential.
It was in his classes that I developed my life long admiration for the writings and designs of the Dutch architect, Aldo van Eyck.
Identify a building with that same building entered and define space simply as the appreciation of it.
Make a countenance of every window.
These two statements by van Eyck poetically state what too many have abandoned: architects are charged to build for human habitation. This goes beyond simply meeting the functional program. If that were all there was to it we could abandon our work to the engineers.
He spoke of and I believe in an experiential sympathy in design; of the warming sunshine on a cool day, of a glimpse out or further in, of the satisfaction of the sensual joy which comes with the experience of space, light and construction.
Aldo van Eyck and his fellow countryman Herman Hertzberger were masters of this kind of thinking.
HABITATION COMES FIRST. All programmatic, structural, technical and technological systems must support and affirm this simple, oft forgotten, principle.
BUILD FOR OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM BUILD FOR YOU.